Hershey Park Deals?

Friday, January 13, 2012 11:49 PM

So I am going to Hershey this summer. I have been twice before. Once for a whole day, and once on a starlight. Noticed the one day pass is up to $57. I know about the Giant deal ($10 off..ish). I also remember they used to offer if you bought your ticket the night before you could get in for the last 2-3 hrs of that day. It doesn't mention it anymore on the web site. Anyone know if this offer still exsists? Also does anyone know if you are able to use Giant tickets to get in 2-3 hrs early the day before. And finally does anyone know of any really good deals better than the Giant Offer? Any help would be apprecdiated.

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Saturday, January 14, 2012 7:58 PM

I think the Giant deal was for around $14-16 dollars last season. Enough to bring the cost down to about $40. I'm not sure about using a Giant ticket for a preview night. When you go to Giant, you get an actual ticket and not a coupon or voucher to redeem for a ticket. When I've done that, I'd go throught the entrance for pre-purchased tickets. I don't know if the preview is good only for tickets purchased at the gate that evening.

I'm sure they will continue that offer, because people who stay in the HERCO hotels are probably the ones who use it the most.

The other offer I know they ran was $14-12-10-8 off. Those were coupons you could pick up in BK, Wendy's, and other places. The earlier you went in the season, the larger the discount. So it was $14 in May and down to $8 by August and September. Not sure how that would work with your schedule.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012 4:48 AM

Derrek, you better look me up when you come to town! We should do Knoebels too!

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Sunday, January 15, 2012 11:39 AM

Yea buddy I plan to. We are actually spending two nights at Knoebels camping, and then two nights in Hershey (or more likely Harrisburg).

This is the first time we are bringing our little girl with us on one of these trips. I thought Knoebels, and Hershey are ideal break in parks for her. Especially Knoebels.

Im not really sure when this trip is occuring, but I will deffinatly let you know when it is. We can marrathon the Phoenix, and the flyers for a good while.

Thanks for the tips RGB. Has anyone stayed at the Herco Hotels? I seem to remember looking into them, and thinking they were really expensive. Perhaps I am wrong though. After two nights at a campground I would prefer to not stay at a crappy hotel 6 or something like that. I wouldn't mind staying really close to the park in case the need for a mid afternoon chill out occurs.

I guess my best bet for the parks Giant/Preview night policy would be to contact the park directly. The preview night interests me because we will be going to chocolate world the day before the park anyhow. I will just have to figure out whether or not 2-3 hrs is worth $14x5 people. hmmm. either way..

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Sunday, January 15, 2012 4:10 PM

You and I could always go to Preview Night and leave the kids back at the hotel. Haha!

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Sunday, January 15, 2012 11:26 PM

I live close enough to Hershey not to worry about lodging, but I agree that their properties are on the pricey side. But they have packages that include park tickets and they provide shuttles to and from the park all day long. So you have that advantage if you'd be looking for a mid-day break.

Frankly, during the summer in Hershey, even the budget brand hotels are priced like middle of the road (or higher) brands elsewhere.

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Monday, January 16, 2012 12:02 AM

The first two times I've been I got reasonable 2 star hotels for around 70-85 bucks... But it took some patience and searching. The nice hotels in the area are crazy pricey.

I didn't think you were much of a hershey guy Matt. We will see what we can do.

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Monday, January 16, 2012 10:54 PM

Hershey used to be one of my top favorite parks. It's been in a decline for me ever since Wildcat got neutered. But the new steel coaster has me excited again, as does the potential to reduce the braking on Sooper Dooper Looper given the new lighter trains that are being installed this year. And I love me some Lightning Racer, Great Bear, Stormrunner and Fahrenheit (and Looper as is).

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012 1:40 AM

The new coaster is about last on my list of new rides to get excited about.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012 2:20 AM

Hershey is really big on train replacement. I forgot about looper getting new ones. I am planning on making looper my 6 y/o daughters first looper. Much better than Dragon Fyre would be. The local GP Grade 1's won't get it, but we will. ;)

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Monday, January 30, 2012 4:47 PM

The last couple of years Hershey has had a March Madness deal on park tickets. I don't remember the details, but they are for the summer. I can't recall if it was in e-mail or on Facebook or both.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 10:16 AM

Just wanting to clarify that Zoomerica is included with a day pass bought at giant. How is the zoo? never been in my first 2 visits.

Anyone know of any deals yet. They had one on facebook but I needed a zipcode, and I believe it was more of a spring special. I am going in August. Would late august be less busy than mid July? I have always gone in July.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 1:55 PM

ZooAmerica is always free with Hersheypark admission. It's pretty decent from what I recall. I don't think we spent more than a half hour or so in it, but it's got some decent exhibits.

Last edited by Vater, Wednesday, March 21, 2012 1:56 PM
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 2:49 PM

Acoustic Viscosity said:
Hershey used to be one of my top favorite parks. It's been in a decline for me ever since Wildcat got neutered. But the new steel coaster has me excited again, as does the potential to reduce the braking on Sooper Dooper Looper given the new lighter trains that are being installed this year. And I love me some Lightning Racer, Great Bear, Stormrunner and Fahrenheit (and Looper as is).

Wildcat may have been chopped, but it's still Hershey...there's just too much to love there. And LR remains the best racing wooden coaster we have. But this new coaster, for a steelie, is *very* promising.

Plus, the entire town smells like Heaven....that's hard to beat! :)

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 4:38 PM

ZooAmerica is cool enough for a little visit. It's nice, but small. I could stay there for about a half hour or maybe an hour.

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